Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019-2023 o Prioritises healthier eating and active living for Victorians.

This is the third Victorian public health and wellbeing plan and the primary mechanism through which we work to achieve our vision of all Victorians enjoying the highest attainable standards of health, wellbeing and participation at every age.
Victorians enjoy a quality of life, health and wellbeing that is high by national and international standards. However, it is important to recognise that health status varies markedly across the population, with socioeconomic disadvantage the greatest cause of health inequalities. People are living longer and often with one or more chronic diseases, meaning we must strive now more than ever to reduce the preventable burden of disease.
It is a requirement of Victoria’s Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 to produce a plan every four years. In this plan we set out a comprehensive approach to deliver improved public health and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians. Our approach will: o drive action towards the factors that contribute most strongly to the burden of disease and health inequalities o ensure all parts of the sector work together towards clear outcomes o take into consideration the wider determinants of health, both social and economic, in how we design and deliver public health and wellbeing interventions.
Informed by extensive community consultation, the plan balances a need to narrow focus to drive coordinated action while supporting local innovation. This is achieved by: o setting 10 priorities for public health and wellbeing, giving continuity to the priorities of the previous plan o placing increased attention on four focus areas where additional support and guidance will be provided over the next four years o identifying three strategic actions to direct effort across each of the focus areas.
Strengthened governance and closer monitoring over the next four years will be introduced to track progress against the plan and ensure we are working towards the targets of the Victorian public health and wellbeing outcomes framework .
We must build a public health and wellbeing system that responds to diverse community needs and tackles the disadvantage, stigma and discrimination that impact on health and wellbeing. Over the next four years we will continue to work in partnership with Victorian communities, tailoring responses to meet the needs of all population groups at all stages of life, utilising co-design principles and place based approaches to improve public health and wellbeing outcomes.



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Victorian Government: 2019